Rumours of ANC and FF Plus coalition 'malicious' – Mulder

2016-08-07 16:13

Johannesburg  FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder has come out against rumours his party had negotiated with the ANC and other parties about coalitions. 

"The Freedom Front Plus has not entered into any agreement with the ANC or any other party about coalitions as many malicious rumours suggest," he said in a statement. 

Mulder said the rumours were being spread by people who wanted to harm the FF Plus. 

"The party’s view about coalitions, as clearly stated before the election, has not changed at all. This entails that decisions about coalitions will not be negotiated on a local level but by the FF Plus’ highest decision-making body.

“Theoretically, there are 14 days available before final decisions have to be taken. The main guideline in negotiations will be how the interests of the FF Plus voters will be best served in municipalities," said Mulder.

Following one of the most hotly-contested elections in post-democratic South Africa, the ANC only won outright majorities in Buffalo City, Mangaung and eThekwini. The party failed to get over 50% of the votes in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Mogale City in Gauteng, and in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape. 

The failure of any single party to break the 50% mark in those councils has resulted in a situation in which coalitions will possibly be the order of the day for the next five years.

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